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Ruane welcomes challenge to equal marriage ban

3 December, 2015 - by Caitríona Ruane

Sinn Féin MLA Caitríona Ruane has said today's court ruling allowing a judicial review to challenge the ban on equal marriage in the North is a step forward in the campaign for equality.   

Ms Ruane said; 

"Today's decision in the High Court to grant a judicial review against the unfair ban on marriage equality in the North is a step forward for equality. 

"I want to pay tribute to the two couples who brought this case and welcome the court's decision. 

"Every citizen should enjoy the same rights and entitlements under State law and that includes rights in relation to marriage.

"The State has a responsibility to treat everyone with equality.

"There have been a succession of motions both in councils across Ireland and in the Assembly.

"This is a human rights and equality issue. LGBT couples should have the same rights as any other citizen on this island.

"Sinn Féin will continue to support the call for equality for everyone on this island regardless of their colour, creed or sexual orientation.”

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